The Baras Foundation

Visit Our Thrift ShopTreasures and bargains abound. Our prices are low but the value is high. Shopping here helps us help the community. Get there any way you can.

Learn about our 291-KIDS Story LineTransforming the lives of children one story at a time since 1978. Learn the story behind The Story Lady and why she keeps on giving.

How We Help the CommunityCauses and organizations that the Baras Foundation supports. We curate timely assistance throughout our community.

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About Us

Bill Baras, Ph.D. and Carol Baras

Bill Baras, Ph.D. and Carol Baras

In 1978 the Baras Foundation first responded to the needs of children. The Baras Foundation was founded as a public benefit non-profit foundation with Federal 501(c)(3) status. Since then, the foundation has helped lonely, scared and depressed children with the 291-KIDS telephone call-in story line. Receiving as many as 31,000 calls a month, the project needed to expand to meet increasing demand.

In October of 1993, the Foundation opened the first of nine non-profit thrift stores at 1455 University in Hillcrest. For over 35-years we’ve been helping area children to become more self-reliant, happy, confident youngsters. To continue, we need your help. We depend on donation of your clean, useable, working items.

We accept:

Furniture, used clothing, housewares, small appliances, toys, books, jewelry, clothing accessories, computers, electronics, glassware, kitchen ware, collectibles, artwork, linens, games, tools, chairs, tables, bicycles, draperies, rugs, towels, belts, shoes, ties, hats, lamps, etc. All donations are tax-deductible. We even accept cars, motorhomes, trucks, and boats.


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Where We Are Located

marquee-28519_307x180The Baras Foundation Non-Profit Thrift Shop is located at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue 1 ½ blocks West of Park Blvd. 1455 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 619-291-4357

Open 9:30am until 8:30pm Sunday-Thursday, 9:30am until 8:30pm Friday & Saturday. Donations accepted 10:00am to 7:30pm We close only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

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Contact Us

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Baras Foundation
PO BOX 3189
San Diego, CA 92163
Phone the foundation offices: 619-291-5252

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